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Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

By John Allen Paulos
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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

Innumeracy (1988) explains how an aversion to math and numbers pervades both our private and public lives. By examining various real-life examples of innumeracy and its consequences, the book offers helpful solutions to combat this irrational and misguided fear of math.

  • Anyone convinced that they’re not a numbers person
  • People interested in everyday applications of math

John Allen Paulos is a Professor of Mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the author of many other books, including A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, and has written for publications such as The New York Times and

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